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were also bought on hopes that u.s. democrats and republicans may reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> translator: i think many people are pinning their hopes on mr. abe to revive the japanese economy, because his party won a landslide victory in the election. >> translator: i'm not sure whether this upbeat trend will continue or it's just temporary. i'm concerned the u.s. fiscal cliff may have a downward effect. >> market players are, for the time being, are cheering the bold monetary easing measures put guard by the democratic liberal party leader. however, some say measures by the central bank may not be enough to pull japan out of its prolonged deflation. there are also concerns that price hikes without wage increases could dampen consumer spending and that could eventually pull down the country's economy. gee the global campaign to end polio have become targets of deadly violence. patchari raksawong at our bureau in bangkok has details. >> gunmen killed 12 members of the anti-polio campaigns in a string of attacks this week. the world health organization is
the u.s. currency hits a 20-month high against the yen. investors are keeping a keen eye on how far the dollar will go against the yen. the u.s. currency reached the upper 84-yen level in new york for the first time in 20 months. the dollar hit 84.95 yen at one stage on monday in new york. investors bought the dollar against the yen after liberal democratic party leader shinzo abe said his new government may reach an agreement with japan's central bank on an inflation target. there is speculation the central bank may come under further pressure for monetary easing measures. the dollar/yen is currently trading at 84.82 to 85. >> catherine, the incoming leader abe has even mentioned revising the bank of japan law which adds more pressure onto the central bank of japan. now, a bit of background, the boj decided last week to extend its asset purchase program by 10 trillion yen, but many investors think the bank needs to do more, still. let's go to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange to get a check on how all of this is affecting tokyo markets. ramin, good morning. >> good
of reaching the u.s. west coast. experts used data from previous launches to make their estimate. they say a missile launched in 2009 had a range of almost 7,000 kilometers. north korean officials tried again in april. that one exploded shortly after takeoff. but the first booster burned 18 seconds longer than those used in previous attempts. the experts believe engineers may have succeeded in reducing the size of a nuclear warhead. south korean officials say workers have completed assembly of the three-stage missile. they say once the crew injects the fuel, it would be ready to go. authorities in pyongyang say they'll launch between the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit, but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> south korean foreign minister kim sung-hwan has criticized north korea for spending more than $500 million on missile development. kim told a parliamentary committee that north korea is believed to have spent $400 million to build a tongchang-ri launch
on repairing the damage to japan-u.s. ties caused by a disagreement over the relocation of an american base in okinawa. >> translator: security environment is getting come olympic indicated so i believe our alliance is really important. >> reporter: noda worked to improve relations with u.s. continued as relation with china deteriorated. his government nationalized the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. chinese ships enter japanese waters near the islands and chinese alleged anti-japan demonstrations. noda's key domestic policy issue was fiscal reform. he staked his career on hiking the consumption tax and reforming social security to chip away at japan's rising debt. the opposition liberal democrats and their allies helped him pass a package of bills after he promised to call a general election soon. but then noda added conditions. he wanted to enact legislation allowing the government to issue bonds defined as the current fiscal year's budget and he wanted to reform the electoral system. >> translator: if you agree to this condi
the gorgeous display for yourself. kanako sachno, tokyo midtown. >>> it is snowing in eastern parts of the u.s., robert speta has the latest on the large storm there and the rest of the weather. robert? >> let's first take a look here in the northeast. see the comma cloud here, across the eastern u.s. to canada. that's a very potent winner that's this very potent winter storm already bringing heavy snowfall here and it looks like more snowfall is on tap. the lines coming in the north to the south, running over the great lakes, ontario, erie, huron. that's where you're going to be seeing some very significant lake-effect snow along the southern periphery of these lakes as that snow picks up. snow continues to move up, even toward the appalachian mountains. going into your saturday. on sunday, expect cold air to spill in behind this. conditions will rapidly clear up. temperatures will drop right off. this jet stream continues to linger on toward the south. currently into portions of northern florida and southern georgia, you are under freeze watches. you need to watch out for this because this o
consideration. u.s. forces deported the plane this year. ospreys can fly twice as fast as the helicopter and four times as far before they need to refuel and they can transport three times the weight. the deployment of the osprey sparked protest in okinawa and elsewhere because of concerns about its safety record. ministry sources say they will consider public opinion and the cost of introducing the planes. japanese peacekeepers in the golan heights have begun to return home as their 16-yir-long mission nears its end. the first group of 33 members of the self-defense forces arrived at narita airport in tokyo on monday. government officials decided earlier this month to recall the peacekeepers earlier than planned. securing their safety had become difficult because of the civil war in syria. defense ministry officials say the remaining 14 members will wrap up their mission by mid-january. >>> japan first sent sdf personnel to the golan heights in 1996 as part of a united nations mission to monitor the cease-fire between syria and israel. members have been transporting supplies and providi
for negotiated peace. nhk world, gaza strip. >>> another winter storm is hitting the southern u.s. meteorologist robert speta has more. >> we are now watching another storm, actually we had this one move off here across new england yesterday and now moving towards quebec, you do not need more snow at all. now we're watching this one starting to develop. it's expected to start to move to the northeast. already seeing snowfall already the ohio river valley and then as that pulls off here into these areas that were already hit by widespread snowfall, many people are still without electricity here and unfortun e unfortunately it looks like another system running overhead going for friday and eventually into saturday. on sunday it's going to run off the east coast. but before it does so, expect heavy accumulations and gusty winds, even some thunderstorm activity further down south. the savior with this one, it is going to be moving rather fast, unplik the last storm that pushed through all week and that was a slow mover. you had persistent conditions overhead. behind it, improving weather across muc
that the security treaty between the u.s. and japan covered the disputed islands. senators unanimously approved a legal amendment to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to japan. the amendment says the east china sea a vitally important to all nations in the asia pacific region. recognize that japan administer the senkaku islands. it says no action by a third party would effect their recognition and u.s. forces would protect territories under japan's administration. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at john hopkins university in the united states say they've observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long range missile. these images of the launch site on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they carry stages of a rocket. the orientation of the crane on the site was different than three days earlier. equipment that could be used to record the launch including cameras and antennas was also observed on the site. the researchers say north korea could be ready for liftoff as early as december 6th. they
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